2009年 9月 14日, 星期一 - 格林尼治标准时间11:30

Controversy at Manchester City 曼城上演的一场争议球赛

Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor's goal celebration caused angry scenes among Arsenal fans

A thrilling game between Manchester City and Arsenal on Saturday was marred 被污染 by ugly scenes as City’s Emmanuel Adebayor injured his former team-mate 前队友 Robin van Persie, and infuriated 激怒的 the Arsenal fans with a goal celebration that many felt was inappropriate.

Manchester City should have been delighted with their 4-2 win over Arsenal; however, they are now being investigated by the FA for the two incidents involving Adebayor, who may now face a four-match suspension 停赛四场.

This game was always going to be a spirited affair 精神饱满的一场球赛, as it was the first time that Emmanuel Adebayor had faced his former club and the fans that fell out of love with him last season.

The first spark of controversy came when Adebayor appeared to stamp on the face of Arsenal’s Robin van Persie after a mistimed tackle 不合时机的抢球.

He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It's bad for the game we all love.

Robin van Persie, Arsenal

Although Adebayor apologised for the act in a post-match TV interview, van Persie issued a statement on the Arsenal website, accusing him of deliberately making a "mindless and malicious stamp 没头脑的恶意的踩踏".

Van Persie said that Adebayor "had his own agenda today and that is bad for football".

The phrase 'have your own agenda' means that you have a different and possibly sinister motivation 凶恶的动机 for your actions.

Adebayor went on to cause further outrage 暴行 after scoring City's third goal ten minutes from the end of the game, running the full length of the pitch to slide on his knees in front of the Arsenal supporters.

The Arsenal fans reacted with fury 愤怒, showering bottles and other missiles down onto the pitch towards their team's ex-player.

A match steward 赛场治安管理人员 was knocked unconscious 被打得不省人事 after receiving a head injury from a flying object during the disturbance.

The emotion took over me. When I score a goal, for two or three seconds I can't control myself.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Manchester City

Adebayor apologised for his actions after the match, saying that after scoring a goal "for two or three seconds I can’t control myself".

"To be honest, I’m very sorry for all this," he added.

City manager Mark Hughes was quick to try and explain his player’s actions.

"When I said we need to cut him some slack it was because of the breakdown 崩溃 in his relationship with the Arsenal fans last season," said Hughes.

The expression 'to cut somebody some slack' means to give them an opportunity to recover from their mistakes.

"That was the sad part for him. He really loved his time at Arsenal, he will tell you that himself, but for whatever reason he wasn't appreciated by his own fans at the end and that is hard to take as a professional footballer," said Hughes.


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